T&T chief justice challenges local investigation

The embattled Trinidad and Tobago Chief Justice Ivor Archie is challenging the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) to launch an investigation of misconduct against him.

Archie through his attorneys is seeking the court’s intervention to have an urgent ruling blocking what he called is an unauthorized and illegal investigation by LATT and is seeking judicial review in the matter at the Port of Spain High Court.

He is contending that LATT does not have the authority or power to investigate him.

The CJ said in his affidavit, “that as a judge, I enjoy security of tenure and protection from the investigation of the question of my removal from office, save in accordance with the procedures set out under the Constitution.”

His attorneys said the CJ’s claim for Judicial Review concerns the commencement of what the Applicant views as an unauthorized and illegal investigation by the LATT against the Honorable Chief Justice… This claim has an impact on the Office of the Chief Justice, one of the highest offices in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Archie said over the period November 2017 to January 2018 (and commencing) there has been a relentless and concerted series of publications in the press, containing and / or reporting on allegations against him which publications have been and are highly defamatory and that they falsely improperly and maliciously suggest that he is corrupt and he used his office in concert with convicted felons for benefit by seeking and / or with the intention defrauding innocent persons to obtain Housing Development Corporation (HDC) housing.

Justice Nadia Kangaloo adjourned hearing until next week.

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